Mindfulness has been transformed over recent years from a spiritual practice to a method of clinical intervention. This is a new evolutionary step in applying mindfulness in ways that move it much, much closer to the related domain of hypnosis. Both approaches now share a goal-oriented, purposeful clinical pragmatism.
Understanding of the similar and differential aspects of mindfulness and hypnosis can be enhanced by recognizing that “what is focused upon is amplified.” Similarities between hypnosis and mindfulness should be more widely recognized. Differences between hypnosis and mindfulness exist but not because of innately different structures. Rather, differences exist because of what each general approach is likely to focus upon in regard to goals and content.
Deep questions remain. How do we create the conditions that encourage knowing and growing the best parts of ourselves and others? How can we make the merits of mindfulness, hypnosis, and other such opportunities for experiential learning more understandable, usable, and available to the clients we serve?
Yapko, M. D. (2020). Contemplating…the Obvious: What you Focus On, you Amplify. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 68(2), 144–150. DOI: 10.1080/00207144.2020.1719841
Michael Yapko (1954 –) is a prominent clinical psychologist and author with significant contribution in the areas of treating depression, developing brief psychotherapies and advancing the clinical applications of hypnosis.